Rochester Ecology Partners is excited to announce that we have been awarded the University of Rochester Environmental Health Sciences Center’s (EHSC) 2024 Capacity Building Project award.

This grant will support our project titled “Building Capacity for Rochester’s Environmental Movement,” aimed at fostering connections within the Greater Rochester community to address environmental health and justice challenges. Through this initiative, we strive to enhance network-building, collaborative leadership, and educational efforts to become a trusted resource for positive, intersectional change in our environmental movement. We aim to identify environmental health priorities from a community perspective, promote collaboration among diverse groups, and advocate for environmental justice in our region. We will leverage the process and learnings from the previously conducted Greater Rochester Environmental Community Analysis and continue to enhance the Greater Rochester Environmental Community Directory (www.rochesterenvironment.com). 

Rochester Ecology Partners serves members of the Greater Rochester community who need opportunities to learn about nature, connect with their community, and join the movement for a sustainable, just, and hopeful future. Our nature-based programs and partnerships lead to improved individual, community, and environmental health. 

This grant award reflects our commitment to community empowerment and aligns with EHSC’s goals to build community capacity for addressing local environmental health problems and establish opportunities for future partnerships.

We are grateful for the support from EHSC and look forward to making meaningful strides towards a healthier and more just environmental landscape in Greater Rochester.

For more information about our project and other initiatives by Rochester Ecology Partners, please visit www.rochesterecologypartners.org/our-work

This work is supported in part through the University of Rochester Environmental Health Sciences Center NIEHS Center Grant P30 ES001247 and the University of Rochester Institute for Human Health and the Environment.